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Arishok Costume & Weapon 


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Arishok Costume & Weapon 

Written By: Jake Hightower 


Hot Glue gun & hot glue (1) 

Latex or nitrile gloves and face mask (1) 

Paint brush (1) 

Tin snips (1) 

electric pad sander (1) 


If you haven't played the game, check out the interesting trailer online for Dragon Age II. In it 
you will see a clearly identifiable villain. Long white hair, horns, red tattoo on the chest, 
boots, pants, coveralls, shoulder pads, sash, criss-cross straps, and a painstakingly brilliant 
weapon. These are all part of the design that makes the Arishok so incredible as a character 
and I did my best to re-create an entirely homemade design of the entire thing. 

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Step 1 — Arishok Costume & Weapon 

• For the shoulder pads, you simply need to get some old canisters like these whey protein 
containers. Peel off the label and cut the canister along the dotted lines to form the general 
shape of the pad as I've shown in the picture. Then, get some red fabric and cut it into 
long, wide strips that can be hot-glued onto the surface of the canister. For best adhesion, 
roughly sand the surface of the plastic. Next, hot-glue one strip at a time in a sideways 
pattern along the surface of the plastic. Finally, use white paint and a small paint brush to 
sketch the design as shown in white. 

Step 2 

• The horns are made of crafters' foam. Sculpt it into the correct shape and then cover it 
with fiberglass resin and sheets. After it hardens overnight, clip off extra material with 
scissors. Then Bondo the surface and let it harden. After it hardens, power-sand the 
surface and you will have a cool-looking horn. 

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Step 3 

• Final touches of the wearable 
costume include thrift-store dark 
pants, black boots, and a red sash 
tied around the waist. I also bought 
fake leather, tied it around my 
waist, stapled it to fit my form, and 
then cut out sections of material to 
make it look like the pant-covers 
the Arishok has. I had my girlfriend 
use lipstick to paint my chest with 
the Arishok's tattoo design. 

Step 4 

• Arishok uses two weapons and I 
only had time to make one. I 
started with a dowel rod of 
appropriate length, then cut foam- 
core to form a foundation for the 
blade. I used snips to cut out sheet 
aluminum in the shape of the blade. 
These were then cement-glued to 
either side of the foam-core 
scaffold. Then I liberally applied 
cement glue in between the 
overlapping metal edges and all 
over the sword edges to "soften" 
the edges. The handle had fabric 
glued over it, and the hilt was also 
made of foam. 

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Note: I also used a hammer and anvil when I was bringing together the cut edges of the blade, 
but this is optional and can be overcome as I discuss elsewhere 

This document was last generated on 2012-11-01 01 :28:47 AM. 

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